When it comes to social media, some people keep their personal and private lives totally separate. But what happens when this isn’t the case? If you’re friends with coworkers on social media platforms, you’re going to need to watch out for certain pitfalls.

Here’s what not to do when interacting online with those you work with:

Don’t ‘friend’ that coworker you’ve seen — but haven’t met

Kris Ruby, CEO of public relations and social media agency Ruby Media Group, writes in Observer that you shouldn’t be “friending coworkers you don’t know” on social media:

“If you know your colleagues well and you chat a lot at the office, it might make sense to add them on social media. But if you don’t have a close relationship with a colleague, adding them on Facebook or Snapchat might just be awkward. After all, you avoid talking in the break room, so why would you want to connect online?

“The basic rule is this: online boundaries should be a reflection of offline boundaries. If you try to cross one of those lines on the web, it could potentially lead to an uncomfortable situation.”

Don’t say anything that makes others uncomfortable

Be careful when interacting with colleagues online — your words could come back to haunt you.

In light of #metoo, Jaclyn Friedman, feminist writer and author of the book Unscrewed: Women, Sex, Power and How to Stop Letting the System Screw Us All, told CNN Money about sexual harassment that can occur on the Internet:

“The division between online harassment and ‘real-world’ harassment is artificial … People who are targeted don’t care that much about what medium it comes by. If you’re getting targeted with rape threats or constant misogyny in your workplace, that’s a hostile workplace — whether that’s coming via Twitter or your coworker over the Read More Here